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February 8, 2014

After a long hiatus, I have returned to write The Wet Spot’s newsletter. Exciting changes and developments at the store, required me to be out in the shop catching orders. While it took me away from the desk, I have to admit it was great playing in the tanks again. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and I’ve missed spending my days catching fish. I’ll be the first to admit that I am probably a better fish catcher than a writer. However, my fingers were starting to miss typing these wonderful newsletters for you fine fish hobbyists, so I hope you enjoy my crazy cat person rant…

Regretfully, they won’t let me keep a feline here (not entirely true, we have our mascot “Olive” who makes her way to the shop somewhat often). Instead, the cats we have here don’t avoid the water, they live in it. One of these whiskered friends is Silurichthys phaiosoma “Featherfin Cat” found in the Greater Sunda Island Rivers from the country of Borneo. These knife-like cats are rather unusual looking compared to other cats. The body has an elongated tail that has an extremely “feather-like” appearance. The head of the fish is rather petite, compared to that of the body. Surprisingly,  the Featherfin Cat grows to a mere 6” in length. I could not find much information regarding their diet, but my best guess is they use their overly sized whiskers to forage in the night for insects and small fish. If you like different cats then this fish is for you!

Silurichthys phaiosomaMoving into India, there are two different riverine cats, hailing from there, on our extensive fish list. I’ll start off with Amblyceps mangois “Crevice/Torrent Cat”. Like most of the genus Amblyceps, the Crevice/Torrent Cat is found in highly oxygenated, fast flowing waters, where the current is strongest. The fish use their powerful elongated bodies to lunge at prey that fits into their mouths. This lifestyle detours them from being kept in stagnant waters with smaller fish. The aquarium should be set up with pebbles or large rocks, and have a good filtration system on it. Using a spray bar to break up the surface will not only oxygenate the water but also provide a more suitable current for these cool cats. An ideal tank-mate would be Barilius shacra “Thousand Spotted Barilius”: these danio relatives will love the current just as much as the Crevice/Torrent Cat and their size makes them too large to be considered a meal!

Amblyceps mangois

Barilius shacraUnlike the name suggests, these next fish are not going to reach speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. The Erethistoides sicula “Cheetah Cat” won’t reach any speed that is remotely considered to be fast, and prefer a hill-stream type biotope—similar to a pool. This particular intriguing patterned cat comes from the Schutunga River system in India, and will make an excellent addition to almost any community tank. At less than 2” they’re too small to predate on fish of any size and would work well with fish like Laubuca dadiburjori “Orange Hatchetfish” and Microdevario kubotai “Green Rasbora”. They’ll also enjoy a tank setup filled with bogwoods and fine leafed plants where they’ll be able to retire when feeling unease. Though they are not very sensitive to water conditions, it is important to note the Cheetah Cat has a lower tolerance for nitrates. Keeping up on water changes will help eliminate any possibilities of nitrate issues in your aquarium. 

Erethistoides sicula

Laubuca dadiburjori

Microdevario kubotaiI hope you learned a little something today! On that note, I’d like to invite you to visit our webpage, www.wetspottropicalfish.com, to view our current selection of fish. I’d also like to encourage you to “like” our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wet-Spot-Tropical-Fish/, and to check out all of our pictures on Pinterest, http://www.pinterest.com/thewetspotstore/.  
Hopefully this storm we are experiencing passes quickly and I’ll see you warmly back here!


Anthony Perry
Sales Manager